Def Comedy Jam

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Def Comedy Jam
Genre Stand-up comedy
Created by Russell Simmons
Presented by Martin Lawrence
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
Production
Camera setup Single camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company Brillstein-Grey Communications Russell Simmons Television HBO
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network HBO
Picture format 480i
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMarch 7, 1992 (1992-03-07) 
May 2, 1997 (1997-05-02)
Chronology
Followed by All Def Comedy

Def Comedy Jam is an HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons. [1] [2] [3]

Contents

The series had its original run from March 7, 1992 to May 2, 1997. Simmons was inspired to make Def Comedy Jam by The Uptown Comedy Club in Harlem, New York[ citation needed ] and Jerry Lewis' movie The Nutty Professor .[ citation needed ] The show returned on HBO's fall lineup in 2006. Def Comedy Jam helped to launch the careers of several African-American stand-up comedians. [4] Comedian Rich Vos was the first Caucasian to perform on the show.

Spin-offs

The show produced a spinoff called Loco Slam. [5]

Home media releases

The show is currently available in DVD boxsets in the US and the UK. [6]

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